Afternoon Delights

Vintage Czech Teardrops
It seems like quite a while since I “played” with beads.

By that I mean – since I sat down for a few moments without any particular design in mind.

So yesterday afternoon, when faced with the choice of cleaning out a closet, or making a little something with my beads – the beads won.

I pulled out a few interesting-looking lampwork candidates, some crystals, wire, findings, and my tools.

Earrings are always fun because you can make a few pairs in the time it would take to make one necklace – and time was rather short yesterday.

Here are the results. They’re now in my shop. 🙂

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I’m so glad I made it a point to make something instead of cleaning that closet, though. It’s important to nurture the creative side whenever we can! (See: Finding your Bliss with Beads)

No need for me to worry. Nobody is going to steal the closet-cleaning job. No way. No how. It will be there.

But, having a little fun yesterday was just what I needed to inspire me to begin planning some great new projects for 2009!

Hey, if the closet has to wait until spring – so be it. 😉

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Keep Your Jewelry Sparkling!

vintage lucite pink roses necklace set

Forget the harsh cleaning solutions! A few drops of liquid dish soap and a small bowl of warm water are all you’ll need to clean most of the pieces in your jewelry box. If you use a brand that’s advertised to be kind to your hands, it will be gentle enough for your jewelry.
 
Dip your pieces in the soapy solution and after just a couple of minutes, all of the oils, perspiration, and any makeup or perfume residue will vanish. Rinse well with warm water, pat dry with paper towels or a soft cloth, and your jewelry will sparkle like new! Before putting everything away, do be sure it is thoroughly dry. You can arrange the pieces on a clean towel — a couple of hours should do it.
 
In between cleanings, there’s a simple, yet very effective way to keep your baubles bright and shiny. Make it a habit to wipe your jewelry with a damp cloth when you take it off each night. It only takes a minute, and really prevents that dull build-up!